Procurement Graduate Programme continued…

Supply Chain management team are passionate about growing and developing the careers of it’s people. Alongside opportunities to develop your transferable skillset and theoretical knowledge is the option to work towards your MCIPS status as a member of CIPS (the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply) an internationally recognized professional body.


With locations across the country- there are opportunities to be based at site (Sellafield, Dounreay or client partner sites) or our main offices in Warrington, Bristol or Leicester. A willingness to move around the country throughout your programme will be advantageous.


Procurement and Supply Chain Analyst and Category Management Support

The Category Management team provides analytical, planning and performance support to the Procurement Function, in addition to developing and implementing category strategies across the business. Working to ensure processes are relevant and adhering to company standards, will enable you to gain an understanding of procurement policies, supply chain management methods and compliance. There are also opportunities to support and develop our approach to Supplier Management and reporting working with the Head of Category Management or within the Babcock International Group Procurement function. Alongside your projects, you’ll be expected to understand and support the use of systems such as JOSCAR, SAP, Ariba and the SharePoint- developing a working knowledge.

Bids/Business Winning

Cavendish Nuclear is uniquely placed within the UK Nuclear market operating across the whole industry from New Build to Decommissioning and Energy Generation to Research and Defence, as such there will be numerous opportunities throughout your placement to take part in interesting bids with a variety of customers and suppliers. This will entail you will support a bid manager with respect to the Procurement function this includes but is not limited to; developing a procurement plan, engaging the supply chain, supplier pre-qualification, negotiating and agreeing Non-disclosure/Teaming agreements, requests for quotation.

UK Procurement Projects

Cavendish Nuclear is split into a number of business streams focused on different customers. Each of these is led by a Procurement & Supply Chain Business Partner and supported by a team of Procurement Leads, Specialists and Officers. During this placement you will work within a business area to provide supporting to a current project. Whilst undertaking a project-based placement you will develop your understanding of the business area whilst also learning key procurement skills. You will be given key tasks and scopes of work to support, and will be guided by an experienced Procurement Specialist or Lead. The types of activities you may be involved with include supply chain design, routes to market, eSourcing and the supplier selection process.

Commercial You will work within the Commercial Function to understand how it links in with the Procurement function, and explore the similarities and differences between the two. It is likely that you will work on one of our existing projects within the business streams. There are a number of key activities you could get involved in on this placement such as; supporting the financial management of projects, developing bid documentation for new work, negotiating and agreeing new contracts or variations to existing contracts with clients and conducting stakeholder management to ensure strong relationships are maintained with our clients.

It is important that we build strong relationships with our colleagues in other functions and develop an understanding of their role within the business

Continued Professional Development

Whilst on the graduate scheme you will join the International Association of Contract and Commercial Management (IACCM), this will enable you to access regular publications, seminars and guides relating to contract and commercial management. You will also be enrolled onto their accreditation scheme which comprises of: self-assessment, enrolment onto the Contract and Commercial Management course, 31 E-learning modules which cover; Initiation, Bidding, Development, Negotiation and Management and, a final written exam.

There is also a strong support system in place- comprising of current graduates who are assigned as ‘buddies’ to incoming graduates, mentors from a wide spectrum of the business and line managers and functional heads. Additionally, there are a number of training schemes provided internally and externally. You are also heavily encouraged to join networks such as the Young Generation Network (YGN) which is part of the Nuclear Institute, as well as other networks internally and externally.